Why “Stealth GTI?”

dragon_2404“Stealth TDI” is the online screen name that I earned because of my conservative styling goals during 20 years of driving TDIs. I usually don’t like anything eye-catching on my car; I like to hide my modifications. Although I eventually mounted somewhat flashy wheels on my Mk3 (see photo), almost no one  could tell that this old car had some special upgrades. It served as a commuter, travel/vacation car, weekend racer (autocross), and my workhorse with racks/trailer almost non-stop for its first 16 years and 445,000 miles.

Featuring a GTI on a site that had a diesel-only bias for nearly two decades seemed unjust. I decided to register StealthGTI.com since I expected to do execute the same tuning/styling plan with My GTI. It was quite a stealthy ride for five years and 150,000 miles. The years 2020-2021 brought some boredom and an expansion to my communications suite. I went a little overboard with the radios and antennas. You could say that the setup is so stealthy that you almost cannot tell that there’s a car beneath that radio station. 😉 Read more about my mobile ham radio setup on my other website.

function-formRegardless of my radio enhancements, this site will not feature flashy wheels, vinyl graphics, wings, “stretch,” “moar low,” “hella flush,” “camber,” or hardly any of the other trendy things today’s cool kids find appealing. My efforts will be toward making the car a better, more enjoyable commuter and road trip machine that can carry friends/cargo, pull a trailer, and blast over railroad tracks and rough roads with reckless abandon. I prefer function over form. So, I do not pursue “cool-status.”  winky

Blazing My Own Path,


2 Responses to Why “Stealth GTI?”

  1. Joe says:

    Came here from a link in Vortex. Beautifully written… and beautiful ride!

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